Hokies Turn Back Dawgs

BLACKSBURG, VA - Malcolm Delaney scored 31 points and Virginia Tech turned back repeated challenges by Georgia as the Hokies defeated the Bulldogs 74-62 in a non-conference basketball game here Sunday afternoon.

Travis Leslie led Georgia (4-3) with 17 points while Dustin Ware and Jeremy Price added 10 apiece. Georgia's leading scorer Trey Thompkins, averaging over 15 points before the game, failed to score a field goal and finished with five points in 30 minutes.

"We played a very good team today; we just weren't able to make stops when we needed to," Georgia coach Mark Fox said. "Delaney is a terrific player, and we were concerned about the matchup problems that he created for our team. Obviously, those concerns were well-founded. But we've got a lot of things from today that we can build on and learn from."

Virginia Tech (6-1) broke free from Georgia to build double-digit leads twice in the first half. The first of those came at 28-18 on a Delaney layup with 4:09 left before halftime. Still, the Bulldogs managed to trim their deficit to 33-27 when Albert Jackson scored with 49 seconds left, setting up one of the game's most pivotal exchanges.

After Jackson's bucket, Ricky McPhee stole a Tech pass and raced in for a layup, which was blocked by Dorenzo Hudson. Delaney then completed first-half scoring with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from deep in the right corner.

"That was a big-time basket scored by a big-time player," Fox said. "I don't know if it demoralized our team, but it sure gave Virginia Tech a lift going into the second half."

Delaney's 3-point play with 14:30 left gave the Hokies their largest lead of the game at 52-37. Over the ensuing six minutes, however, Georgia crept back into contention. A Price layup got the Bulldogs' margin into single digits at 57-48 with 10:20 left. Thompkins made one of two foul shots with 7:56 remaining to Georgia within 59-53.

On Tech's next possession, Victor Davila converted a 3-point play to restore the margin back to 62-53. One final time the Bulldogs were able to get within 62-55 on an Albert Jackson free throw with 6:44 left. Delaney once again rescued the Hokies with a 3-point play.

Georgia returns to action Wednesday night when the Bulldogs face St. John's in New York, N.Y., in the SEC – Big East Invitational.

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